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Ready News: September 25, 2015

Ready News
September 25, 2015

Fiscal Map Shows Funding Sources to Help Youth



News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
In This Issue: Quality | Education | Funding
Fiscal Map Shows Funding Sources to Help Youth
No matter what challenges you're helping young people overcome in your community, one critical question almost always rears its head: Where's the money? New Orleans leaders faced that question when they set out to improve supports for the city's opportunity youth - and they found answers through a fiscal map.

City leaders worked with the Forum for Youth Investment to identify federal, state and local funds that can be used to support opportunity youth (those disconnected from school and work), see where that money is going, and develop ways to more effectively tap into and use those funds. "This report shows how we can link opportunity youth with academic and employment opportunities that will make the entire city prosper," said Jen Roberts, vice president of education grants at Baptist Community Ministries.

See how they did it in this short video story (2:25), and see the fiscal map report.
Study Describes Effectiveness Quality Improvement Systems
At a time when more and more program providers are using Quality Improvement Systems (QIS), a new study shows how one such system has increased quality in programs throughout one county. The performance report for the Palm Beach County QIS describes the QIS itself and presents the key findings for over 100 afterschool providers. 
The findings suggest that the Prime Time QIS is effective, is building and maintaining high levels of quality, is improving scores where targeted, and is helping to achieve equity effects by assuring high quality services in high-need areas. Prime Time is one of the original design and demonstration partnerships for the Youth Program Quality Intervention, created and implemented by the Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Read the full report.
Mapping the Early Attendance Gap
A new report from Attendance Works and the Healthy Schools Campaign shows how disparities in school attendance rates, starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, contribute to achievement gaps and high school dropout rates across the country. The report, Mapping the Early Attendance Gap: Charting a Course for Student Success, also highlights the connection between health and attendance, as well as the power of states to tackle absenteeism by tapping key champions, leveraging data and learning from places that have improved attendance.
Support Federal Funding for Kids
As Congress continues its work on the federal budget and appropriations process, programs that benefit children and youth of all ages face considerable threats for many years to come. Join the Children's Leadership Council on Friday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. ET for a webinar to learn what specific congressional funding proposals mean for communities and children, and to receive free advocacy tools to join a field-wide messaging campaign urging Congress to #InvestinKids.
Grant to Support College and Career Success
The Youth Opportunity Fund, led by the Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance, will provide grants to nonprofits working in innovative ways to place low-income young adults on a path toward college and career success. The $3 million fund will award one-year grants up to $250,000 to nonprofit organizations in 10 U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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